Shenton Park Field Station
The field station has a variety of facilities and equipment available for use by plant biologists, including:
- 5 hectares of irrigated and loamed plot land, of which 3.75 hectares are protected with bird exclusion netting
- 1 hectare of non-irrigated plot land
- 13 screen houses with anti-virus mesh and overhead irrigation (350m2 each)
- a PC2 rated polycarbonate plant house for gene technology plant growth
- an AQIS registered quarantine glasshouse
- a general purpose glasshouse with evaporative coolers (100m2 bench space)
- laboratory space for seed processing and storage
- a seed threshing facility
- two large drying ovens
- associated equipment such as tractors, boom spray equipment and other mechanised tillage equipment
The field station has a variety of facilities and equipment available for use by animal biologists.
Shenton Park has Australia's largest recirculating aquaculture research facility with a total volume of 3 million litres. The facility has:
- 30 fibreglass tanks (20,000 litres each)
- 9 aquaplate tanks (5400 litres each)
- 10 poly troughs (3000 litres each)
- 145 aquaria (100 litres each)
The system is totally recirculating, with a 67,000 litre biofilter. The facility also has laboratory space with microscopes, spectrometers, and sampling equipment.
The field station has several facilities available for animal biology research:
- 30 small animal enclosures (15m x 15m)
- 20 large animal pens (up to 30m x 40m)
- 6 paddocks (up to 50m x 100m)
- 12 fully enclosed pens (4m x 4m)
- 20 aviaries (2m x 1m)
- a sheep milking shed allowing for 12 animals to be milked simultaneously
For further information about the animal research facilities, contact Animal Care Services.
Researchers and groups who would like to access facilities at the Shenton Park Field Station will need to complete the online induction located in the UWA Learning Management System (you must have a Staff or Student Pheme number). The induction is titled the 'Shenton Field Station Site Induction' and can be located by using the search function under the tab at the top of the screen titled 'Units'.
You will need to enrol yourself in this unit and read the short PDF presentation and complete the short quiz. Upon completion, you will be issued with a certificate. This is to be emailed to the Field Station Manager Michael Blair or your supervisor along with your staff/student number. They will arrange for gate swipe card access to be added to your card.
Once you have completed the induction, the Field Station Manager or your direct supervisor will organise a walk around induction of the site to familiarise you with the area and any hazards. New starters will be provided with the appropriate standard operating procedures (SOPs), training and instruction for the areas and equipment they will be working with.
If you require access to the field station and are not a University student or staff member, you can download the induction information and quiz here:
- Escorted visitors can gain access to the site by contacting security through the gate intercom located next to the gate.
- Affiliate groups using the site must ensure their staff receives appropriate information, instruction, training and supervision while on site. Contact UWA security to gain swipe card access to the site.
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